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Grease: Live Star Aaron Tveit Is Taking Your Questions!

first_img View Comments Merry everything! Did you get what you wanted from Santa? No? Well, we have good news for you. Broadway.com is giving you what you really want this holiday season: Aaron Tveit answering your questions! The Grease: Live star is revving up to get systematic, hydromatic and ultramatic as Danny Zuko in the live Fox TV broadcast on January 31. So what do you want to know about our Broadway boyfriend? (Oh, who are we kidding? What don’t you want to know?) Ask away and happy holidays!<a data-cke-saved-href="https://broadway.wufoo.com/forms/m18kft731f3onmg/" href="https://broadway.wufoo.com/forms/m18kft731f3onmg/">Fill out my Wufoo form!</a>last_img read more

Georgia Peanut Tour

first_imgOne of Georgia’s top agricultural commodities was showcased this week as part of an annual peanut tour throughout south Georgia.Approximately 150 peanut scientists, producers and industry experts were in Moultrie and Tifton on Wednesday to talk about the latest news and research being conducted within Georgia’s $2 billion industry.“It’s important because we bring the buyers of the peanut products to Georgia at the start of harvest to see the quality effort, in regards to all stages — from the grower level all the way to the processing end,” said John Beasley, University of Georgia peanut agronomist on the Tifton campus. “Quality is the main issue, and we want them to buy Georgia peanuts. We want them to know we have the highest quality peanuts.”Georgia leads the nation in peanut production with 48 percent of the country’s crop coming from the state.The Georgia Peanut Tour, now in its 27th year, started on Tuesday with a hot topics seminar in Valdosta. On Wednesday, the tour moved to Moultrie for a demonstration of unmanned aerial vehicles, and how they could potentially impact the peanut crop. In Tifton, the tour stopped at the UGA Gibbs Farm. Researchers from the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences discussed various peanut-related topics, from nematode damage to insects and diseases.“We try to let these folks know how connected the UGA Peanut Team is with the peanut industry. We’re very responsive to the state level of what our producers need in regards to research. All of our research focuses on economics, obviously. They’ve got to be economically profitable and sustainable,” Beasley said.The number of participants attending the tour has consistently stayed around the 150 mark since the tour’s inception in 1987, Beasley said. What has changed, however, are the faces. Newly hired personnel are sent by peanut companies to learn more about the peanut industry.“What we’ve noticed is the companies — major peanut processors — when they hire new people, the first thing is, ‘You want to learn how peanuts are grown? You go on the Georgia Peanut Tour.’ Over a three-day period you will see peanuts being grown, research being done, peanuts being handled at the buying points,” Beasley said. “It really allows someone new to come in and gain experience.”The Georgia Peanut Tour is sponsored by UGA, the Georgia Peanut Commission and U.S. Department of Agriculture. The tour concluded on Thursday with farm stops in Brooks County and Lowndes County.last_img read more

Peanut Achievement Club

first_imgDistrict 4 winners100-299 acres: Bucky Tyler; Irwin County; 162 acres; 5,976 lbs/acre 300-699 acres: Robert Davison; Brooks County; 442 acres; 5,605 lbs/acre 300-699 acres: Chip Dorminy; Irwin County; 637 acres;  5,633 lbs/acre 700-plus acres: Nellwood Farms/Hal Cromley; Bulloch County; 1,111 acres; 5,813 lbs/acre Fifteen of Georgia’s top peanut producers were honored this past weekend at the annual Georgia Peanut Achievement Club meeting on Jekyll Island, Georgia. The meeting recognizes Georgia’s highest-yielding peanut growers every year.“When you’re talking about yields from 5,800 pounds to 6,800 pounds, that’s still almost 2,000 pounds more than the state average. You can’t argue with that,” said Scott Monfort, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension peanut agronomist.UGA’s peanut research and Extension programs were key components for many of the farmers’ successful 2017 peanut seasons.“When you’re talking about Extension, we’ve got one of the best,” said Bucky Tyler, a winner in District 4. Tyler produced 5,976 pounds of peanuts per acre on 162 acres in Irwin County, Georgia.Tyler also thanked Irwin County Extension Coordinator Phillip Edwards for always “going to bat” for farmers.“It’s a big honor. We appreciate (UGA) holding the event. We thank the good Lord for sending us rain and making a crop,” he said.Eddie Miller of 4 Miller Farms in Seminole County, Georgia, was also a state winner. He produced 6,674 pounds of peanuts per acre on 931 acres. He credited UGA Extension specialists and county agents for helping him successfully grow this abundant yield.  “Without the (specialists and county agents), we wouldn’t be where we are today,” Miller said.Monfort said that 90 percent of peanuts grown this year are Georgia-06G peanuts. UGA peanut breeder Bill Branch released Georgia-06G, the variety grown the most in Georgia fields, in 2006.During the meeting, the University of Georgia Peanut Team also held an open forum meeting with peanut producers and industry leaders Saturday in hopes of improving an industry that surpassed $624 million in farm gate value in 2016, according to the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development. Seed quality, potential loss of insecticides, fungicide programs and water requirements were some of the main points of emphasis during the morning discussion.Monfort said that the peanut achievement program would not be successful without the continued support of the peanut industry. BASF, Bayer Crop Science, AMVAC, the American Peanut Shellers Association, the Georgia Peanut Commission and the National Peanut Buying Points Association, along with the UGA Peanut Team, support the Georgia Peanut Achievement Program each year.This year’s Georgia Peanut Achievement Club winners are:State winners100-299 acres: Matt Bryan; Baker County; 228 acres; 6,892 lbs/acre                             300-699 acres: Chloe Rentz; Baker County; 324 acres; 6,865 lbs/acre700-plus acres: 4 Miller Farms; Seminole County; 931 acres; 6,674 lbs/acre District 2 winners100-299 acres: John Gaines Jr.; Baker County; 168 acres; 6,839 lbs/acre 700-plus acres: Jerry Jr. and Jeff Heard Farms; Baker County; 1,078 acres; 5,859 lbs/acre  District 3 winners100-299 acres: Daniel Newberry; Jefferson County; 331 acres; 6,473 lbs/acre 300-699 acres: C&S Farms, Scott Moore; Dooly County; 388 acres; 6,473 lbs/acre 700-plus acres: Kerry and Lisa Hodges; Screven County; 735 acres; 5,893 lbs/acre  District 1 winners100-299 acres: Hillside Farms/Mike Newberry; Early County; 255 acres; 6,718 lbs/acre                     300-699 acres: Chase Farms Inc.;  Macon County; 524 acres; 6,432 lbs/acre 700-plus acres: Jimmy Webb; Calhoun County; 903 acres; 5,821 lbs/acre last_img read more

Magic Mountain opens tube park on Friday

first_imgMagic Mountain Ski and Snowboard Resort,The phone has been ringing off the hook and Magic has answered. The Magic Mountain Tube Park is officially open for the season so southern Vermont has its tube back. In a snow-starved winter so far, people are even more anxious to get outside and do something. And, besides skiing and riding, one of those things is sledding which is pretty tough to do if theres no snow in the backyard.Magic Mountain’s Tube Park, conveniently located at the central base of the mountain will have all three lanes grooved out and ready to go starting Friday January 6th.After school from 4-7pm. Saturdays the park is open from 11am to 7pm and on Sundays from 11am to 4pm. The Alakazaam Tube Park has great viewing from the lodge and families can enjoy great food and refreshments at the Black Line Brew Pub located on the upper floor.‘We’ve been focused on making snow first on our trail system to good effect, but the demand over the New Year’s break was very high for tubing,’ said Jim Sullivan, Magic Mountain’s president. ‘So, wesqueezed snowmaking and grooming in for the tubing as well as the ski and snowboard learning areas at the base when the temperatures dropped this week.’Magic first opened in 1960 and will be celebrating this season its 50th anniversary of peak to bottom skiing dating from 1962, which to this day, is still one of the most exciting, challenging and authenticVermont ski experiences. Different than the corporate resorts, Magic has stayed true to the original Vermont ski culture. Magic skiers enjoy a mountain emphasizing natural, diverse ski terrain in anatmosphere of shared camaraderie for the sport both on the slopes and in the lodge after a long, rewarding day. Magic has an authentic vibe because, in reality, it still remains first and foremost a ski area, not a resort and a distinctly Vermont one at that. It’s a community spirit that keeps Magic thriving for those committed ski and riding enthusiasts who want to carve their own trail and experience realsnow and obstacles that mother-nature puts on the hill. And, it’s why Magic skiers love the mountain so much that they are personally investing in the ski area via The Magic Partnership in order toenhance and preserve it for future generations to enjoy.January 5, 2012, Londonderry, VTlast_img read more

Are your loans good for members?

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The new managing director of the International Monetary Fund, Kristalina Georgieva, revealed striking statistics at the institution’s annual meeting in Washington, DC, in October. Two years ago, 75% of the world’s nations reported an uptick in their gross domestic product (GDP). In 2019, 90% face a major slowdown as measured by purchasing power parity.What might happen to a credit union’s loan portfolio if economic conditions in the United States shifted abruptly? Callahan & Associates is not in the business of predicting recessions; however, the firm can help credit unions determine whether the loans they have on the books or are planning to make are good for individual members as well as the overall membership.One way to do that is by looking at asset quality, how credit unions are hedging for the future, and where the U.S. economy is heading.Credit Union Lending TrendsFirst mortgages totaled $81.6 billion and represented more than 26.0% of all loans at credit unions in the second quarter of 2000. As of June 30, 2019, they totaled more than $440 billion and represented 41.1% of the loan portfolio. That’s an increase of over 15.0 percentage points.last_img read more

Huntington Man Killed in Motorcycle Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 52-year-old man was killed when the motorcycle he was riding collided with a car in his hometown of Huntington over the weekend.Suffolk County police said Michael Awamy was riding a Kawasaki Ninja eastbound on Jericho Turnpike when he struck a westbound Nissan Sentra that was making a left turn onto Sweet Hollow Road at 4:15 p.m. Friday.The victim was taken to Huntington Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The other driver, a 17-year-old Central Islip resident, was not injured.Second Squad detectives impounded both vehicles and are continuing the investigation.last_img read more

This stunning cottage has the right charm to capture your imagination

first_img28 Sixth Avenue, South Townsville“11 Sixth Avenue sold for $357,000 — ­almost $50,000 above reserve price and I hope 28 Sixth Avenue will be as popular.“There’s definitely room for improvement with this property but the possibilities are endless.” 28 Sixth Avenue, South TownsvilleIt heads to auction on May 8, and Ms Rowling is confident the two-bedroom home will be sold under the hammer following the successful sale of 11 Sixth Avenue earlier this year.“I’ve already contacted all those that missed out on buying that property,” she said. 28 Sixth Avenue, South Townsville“I think the property would be ideally suited to a young professional couple who work in the city and want to be close to all the action.“But it would also suit a budding fisherman with the new recreational boating park just around the corner and a laneway access at the back.” 28 Sixth Avenue, South TownsvilleTHIS gorgeous cottage is a true pocket rocket with huge potential.Located on a low-maintenance, 502sq m block, this South Townsville stunner has just the right combination of charm, position and style to capture one’s imagination. Showcasing a collection of traditional Queenslander character features, including casement windows, fretwork and high ceilings, this property is for those chasing a little extra charm in their home. 28 Sixth Avenue, South Townsville“It’s quite a popular area and I already have some interest since it launched online on Easter Tuesday,” said listing agent Annette Rowling.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“But I think I will see a good attendance at the open home (today) and on Tuesday as a result of the print ad campaign, which I find makes a big difference.last_img read more

Accounting roundup: Discount rates on the rise

first_imgMercer’s chief actuary in Germany, Thomas Hagemann, told IPE that discount rates were 15-20bps higher than at the same time last year on the Mercer yield curve.In terms of hard numbers, this added up to 2.05% at 15 years’ duration, and 2.26% at 20 years out, as at 31 October.In the US, Beth Ashmore, a senior director with Willis Towers Watson, said that, in contrast to drops over the past few years, discount rates would “probably be around 85-90bps up between year-end 2017 and year-end 2018.”DB, DC plan definitions under IAS 19The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has contacted the IFRS’ interpretations committee asking it to consider the distinction between DB and defined contribution (DC) pension promises.ESMA has asked the committee to examine whether a future right to a discount in plan contributions is sufficient to tip a scheme from DC to DB.Under IAS 19, any plan liability that is not extinguished by a payment of contributions is a DB plan.The difference between the two for accounting outcomes is that a sponsor simply expenses DC contributions, whereas for DB plans the sponsor must apply the “projected unit credit” method. This involves projecting the plan liability forward in line with the plan assumptions and discounting back using a high-quality corporate bond rate before netting off any plan assets.In its submission, ESMA noted that there were two views on the interpretation of IAS 19’s DC criteria, one of which required preparers to take upside into account and one that did not.Aon’s Robinson said: “The query is the distinction between DB and DC plans. Many users of IAS 19 think the distinction between DC and DB is clear, but the ESMA letter shows that this isn’t true.“Most plans are clearly either DB or DC, but some could meet either or both definitions depending on how you read the relevant paragraphs of IAS 19.”IASB staff still working on DC discount rate anomalyOn 13 December, IASB staff presented their plan for dealing with pension promises based on an asset return, such as DC or collective DC schemes.The purpose of the research is to address an inconsistency that arises out of the use of a corporate bond rate to discount benefits that are based on a higher-than-risk-free asset rate of return.Staff are exploring a solution to this problem that is based on using an asset rate of return that does not exceed the discount rate.The staff team told the board that it planned to conduct outreach on this potential solution and present their findings during the second half of next year.Staff noted, however, that if the outreach confirmed that their approach was unworkable, they would propose that the board halt its work on pensions. Details are emerging about key assumptions that defined benefit (DB) scheme sponsors around Europe will be using in their end-of-year accounts.UK discount rates are running around 25 basis points higher than last year, according to Aon consultant Simon Robinson, with the average rate across FTSE 100 companies coming in at 2.9 percent.This compares with a rise of 40-50bps at the end of October among Willis Tower Watson’s FTSE 100 clients, with rates in the region of 2.6-3%.German sponsors are also set to see an easing of pension-related stress in their accounts.last_img read more

16-year-olds ‘only need seven hours sleep’ – study

first_imgDaily Mail (UK) 13 Feb 2012Despite long-maintained claims that teenagers require more rest, there has always been a lingering suspicion among parents that yougsters are wasting their time by spending half their day in bed. Now, according to new research, mothers and fathers may indeed be right after scientists suggested the optimum amount of sleep for a typical 16-year-old is just seven hours a night. Current health recommendations advise teens get nine or more hoursBut this could be two hours too much and – crucially – may lead to poorer exam results. Scientists from Brigham Young University in Utah examined 1,724 primary and secondary pupils’ performances and compared them with the amount of sleep they got. Reporting the findings in the Eastern Economics Journal, they said the right amount of sleep decreases with age. The optimum amount of sleep in nine to 9.5 hours, for 12-year-olds it is eight or 8.5 hours and for 16-year-olds it is seven hours. Study author Eric Eide said: ‘We’re not talking about sleep deprivation. The data simply says that seven hours is optimal at that age.’HOW MUCH SLEEP IS OK?Most studies suggest teenagers need at least nine hours sleep. And previous studies suggest that children between age seven and 12 need 11 hours in bed.But, according to this latest research by Brigham Young University, the right amount – in terms of testing best in exams – is as follows:Aged 10: nine to 9.5 hoursAged 12: Eight to 8.5 hoursAged 16: Seven hoursNevertheless, sleep studies have recorded a variety of results with differing optimal amounts, so you may want to see for yourself which suits your child or teenager best.http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2100533/Teenagers-really-wasting-time-bed-16-year-olds-need-7-hours-sleep.html#ixzz1mIGuZYXulast_img read more

Surrogate baby abandoned by parents

first_imgStuff co.nz 2nd August 2014The Thai surrogate mother of a critically ill twin baby abandoned by his Australian biological parents says she is determined to bring him up in her impoverished village with her two children aged six and three.“I’ll take care of Gammy on my own. I’ll not give my baby to anybody,” 21 year-old Pattharamon Janbua told Fairfax Media from a hospital outside Bangkok where six-month-old Gammy is struggling for his life.Scores of Australians appalled at the plight of Gammy, who has Down syndrome, have offered to adopt him as an Australian funding-raising campaign for his medical bills and care topped $117,000.Gammy is gravely ill suffering from a lung infection and needs life-saving surgery for a congenital heart condition but Ms Pattharamon, who is called “Goy,” does not have the money to pay the hospital.A representative of the Australian charity Hands Across the Water was believed to be travelling to the hospital to assist her.http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/asia/10341306/Surrogate-baby-abandoned-by-parentslast_img read more